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Ban on YouTube : LHC summons info minister

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LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday summoned the Federal Minister of Information Technology Anushay Rehman at its next hearing to present the government’s stance on public access to YouTube in the country. The LHC noted that the federal government had not yet presented its stance on the issue, which […]

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Call to implement right to information law

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Karachi: Reduction of corruption and promotion of good governance is only possible through the implementation of right to information (RTI) law, which will empower the citizens and ensure their participation in public affairs. This was stated by civil society activists and RTI experts at a consultation organised by the Development, Environment, Legal Aid Technical Support […]

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PTA chief pleads for YouTube ban lifting

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ISLAMABAD: The head of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Monday strongly defended before a Senate panel for lifting ban on YouTube before the parliamentary committee decided to move a resolution in the House as well as recommend the government for unblocking the popular content sharing site. Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, which met at the […]

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No right to know

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Despite the fact that this is a compulsory requirement under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 (RTI) passed last December by the provincial assembly, the government has not yet established a Punjab Information Commission (PIC) or Press Information Officers (PIO) in any public body. Under the Act, the government is required to […]

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Right to Information Act: Experts urge early implementation

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LAHORE: The Punjab government believes in Transparency and will ensure that all citizens have the right to access to information and in this regard the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act will go a long way in addressing the problems of masses. Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu said […]

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Right to information: Bolo bhi requests transparency

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Bolo Bhi, a non-profit organisation with focus on advocacy, policy and research, has filed Right to Information (RTI) requests to inquire about surveillance and web filtering equipment reportedly acquired by the government. The RTI seeks information regarding specific laws under which surveillance & filtering equipment has been acquired. “We have asked for information such as […]

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Punjab right to information act still in stillborn state

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LAHORE: The Punjab government has not yet established a Punjab Information Commission (PIC) or Press Information Officers (PIO) in any public body, even as these are mandatory under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 (RTI), The Express Tribune has learnt. The Punjab Assembly passed the RTI Act 2013 in December last year, […]

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Ordinance challenged in Supreme Court

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ISLAMABAD: The Protection of Pakistan (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on Jan 22 for providing legal cover to enforced disappearances has been challenged before the Supreme Court. The joint petition, submitted by advocates Inamur Raheim and Tariq Asad on Monday, sought a declaration from the court that the legislation was a draconian law as it was inconsistent […]

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Tax data and right to information

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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), in compliance to commitment given by the Finance Minister to the Senate on January 7, 2014 that details of all parliamentarians would be made public by February 15, 2014, is still searching and collecting their data-even National Tax Numbers (NTNs) have not been issued to all of them till […]

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Comments couldn’t be released to media

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday observed comments and analysis about cases pending with courts could not be released to media. Lahore High Court Justice Umar Ata Bandial made these observations while disposing of a petition questioning ‘unnecessary’ coverage being given to former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in media. He also remarked that […]

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Kasuri vents anger at journalists

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ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf’s counsel, Ahmad Raza Kasuri, Thursday lashed out at journalists, accused them of pursuing yellow journalism and threatened them that they needed to be fixed. Talking to media persons after hearing of the treason case, Kasuri lost his temper over a question by a journalist how Commando Musharraf was feeling now […]

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Report on Pakistan’s online future launched

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KARACHI: The impact of the Internet in a local context particularly in relation to the state ‘compulsion’ to regulate and control the cyberspace was discussed on Friday at the launch of a comprehensive report about Pakistan’s online future. While the blocking and filtering of content on the Internet by the state resulted in numerous violations […]

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NA, Presidency block information

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ISLAMABAD: The year 2013 was tumultuous in many ways but it witnessed positive developments in terms of Right to Information (RTI) legislation in two provinces whereas the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) set an unprecedented example of transparency by displaying vital information at its website. However, compared to the ECP, the National Assembly, the house […]

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PA adopts Right to Information bill

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LAHORE: The provincial assembly on Thursday passed “Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Bill,” along with four other bills, rejecting almost all changes suggested by the opposition. The Right to Information bill carried two amendments that differentiate it from the original act. Clause Five of the bill maintained: “Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, any […]

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